Originally Posted by traderumor
This is possible, but they also took the risk that someone else could snag him by doing so. I wouldn't recommend this as a strategy to build a team with good players. The Jays come out smelling like a rose thanks to EE having a career year, but lets not completely rewrite history as if they were super geniuses. They saved a few million dollars, but still signed a suspect player for $6M, and took the risk that they would lose him to save this couple of million dollars. That's a great recipe for mediocrity, and lo and behold, that is exactly what the Jays have been. Now they have decided to become Miami north, we'll see how they fare with their offseason splash, but EE is more an example of sometimes average, throwaway players have a good year and make everyone look smarter than they really are.
Agreed. I wasn't saying it was a smart strategy by the Blue Jays. I was just blowing up the oft-repeated but false notion that the Reds or anyone else could have gotten Edwin Encarnacion for free. Whoever picked up Encarnacion was going to have to pay him millions of dollars. The Blue Jays went for him and it has paid off in spades.